Hi this is Leslie Harris. Thursday night, a friend and I went to see the 40th anniversary edition of Stop Making Sense, the critically acclaimed Talking Heads concert film. It was originally released in 1983, but this is a newly remastered version that you can see in theaters.
The film starts with a shockingly young looking David Byrne coming out onto a bare stage. My friend and I started giggling about David Byrne looking like a college kid. (not like the guy in the photo!) He was actually 31 when this film was made.
He carries a boombox and an acoustic guitar. He sets the boombox down on the stage and says, “I want to play something for you,” and pushes a button. A drum beat starts, and he performs Psycho Killer.
Next on stage is bass player, Tina Weymouth. As the film progresses, more people join him and more set pieces are added.
There’s a reason why this film is considered to be one of the best concert films of all time. You will recognize most if not all of the songs, and it’s presented in such an innovative way.My only complaint is that it should have been louder, to give us more of the experience of actually being at a concert.
Stop Making Sense is only in theaters for a limited time. In fact, I think this might be the last week, so get yourself to a theater ASAP!